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City gets financial reporting award, bank gets new bank manager, burn ban rescinded

St. Paul will host drive-up flu shot clinic

The St. Paul Fire District will host a drive-up flu shot clinic from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday. The clinic is run in coordination with Marion County Health Department.

Due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission, those who attend the clinic will be asked to stay in their vehicles and wear face coverings or masks for the safety of patients and healthcare workers.

The fire station, located at 4233 Church Ave. NE St., will provide vaccinations as cars drive slowly from check point to check point, starting behind the fire station and exiting in the front onto Church Ave. after patients receive their shots.

Staff will be waiting in the parking area behind the fire station to greet and direct patients through the process.

Those interested in getting vaccinated will need to register online at www.stpaulfire.org.

Soroptimist's 'Live Your Dream' award returns

Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley is accepting applications for its annual 'Live Your Dream' award, which provides "women who serve as the primary wage earner for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training," according to a press release from the organization.

The $1,500 award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation or other education-related expense.

Visit the organization's website at www.SIA.org for an application. For more information, visit the website or email Karen Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for filing applications is Nov. 15.

YCCC extends deadline for grant applications to Oct. 31

The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition has exended its deadline to apply for its annual project grants until Oct. 31.

"It has been an unprecedented year for challenges," YCCC President Rick Page said. "We understand the hurdles Yamhill County residents are facing, so we have extended our deadline by a month. We want to support our applicants as much as we possibly can."

Last year, according to a press release, the organization funneled more than $20,000 in grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust to Yamhill County cultural projects and events.

To apply for a grant, visit YCCC's website at www.yamhillcountyculture.org. For more information, call YCCC Grants Committee Co-chairperson Kimberly Kahoot at 971-777-0594.

City receives financial reporting award

For the sixth time since 2012, the city of Newberg has received the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award is presented to city governments that "go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive financial reports that show evidence of a spirit of transparency and full disclosure," according to a release from the city.

The award was given to the city of Newberg for the fiscal year ending in July 2019. The city has also been awarded for 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The certificate, according to the release, is the highest form of recognition in financial reporting.

"To receive an award, the City's CAFR is judged by an impartial panel through the Government Finance Officers Association that determines if the CAFR meets the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR," the release said. "The city of Newberg has received the Certificate of Achievement 26 of the last 28 years. This year, and for many years prior, the city has received the desired goal of scoring 'proficient' in all scoring categories. The preparation of the CAFR consists of the efforts of many individuals inside the city of Newberg and particularly, the Finance Department, which authors and edits the CAFR."

For more information, visit NewbergOregon.gov or go to the city's Facebook page.

Bowlby named First Federal's new branch manager

Newberg native Amanda Bowlby was recently named the new branch manager at First Federal Savings & Loan in Newberg, taking over the duties from former branch manager Angel Anguiar, who will become a mortgage manager for the company.

Bowlby, an Oregon State University grad, is responsible for directing all operations at the Hancock and Howard streets facility, according to a release from the organization.

An active part of the community, she has been involved in Newberg Youth Baseball, A Family Place's diaper bank and is also a board member of the Newberg Mat Club and Newberg Youth Football.

She has more than 14 years of banking experience, most recently serving as branch relationship manager at Heritage Bank NW, where she was responsible for overseeing commercial relationships with clients in the Newberg market, the release said.

Burn ban rescinded

The fire chiefs of Yamhill County have rescinded a burn ban begun in July, officials announced recently after rains and cooler temperatures descended on the region.

Yamhill County residents must still call the burn line at 503-472-3344 on a daily basis to determine if the Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Forestry are allowing burning as well. However, Dundee and TVF&R have their own lines to call at 503-538-4182 and 503-259-1789, respectively.

American Red Cross looking for donors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is urging the public to continue to donate blood and platelets for breast cancer patients and others who rely on transfusions for survival.

The Red Cross will send those who donate through Nov. 11 a $5 Amazon gift card via email. Moreover, those who donate in October are automatically entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card — five people will be randomly selected for the prize.

The Red Cross is also testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

The last day to donate in Newberg and McMinnville is Oct. 28 at Newberg High school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at McMinnville Toyota from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Low-income Oregonians eligible for free or reduced Internet and cell service

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is promoting Oregon Lifeline, a federal and state government program that provides free or discounted phone or high-speed Internet service to qualifying low-income households.

The program offers an average monthly discount of up to $21.75 for qualifying through December. Free cell phone and data service from Access Wireless, Assurance Wireless and enTouch Wireless is also available.

Oregonians receiving benefits from select public assistance programs such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may qualify for Oregon Lifeline, which is limited to one person per household for either the discounted or free service.

"We want to encourage all eligible Oregonians to take advantage of Oregon Lifeline services," PUC Chairwoman Megan Decker said.

"This program helps eligible residents stay connected and provides access to local emergency services, jobs, health care, education and other vital resources. For some, Lifeline can mean the difference between having a social connection and complete isolation."


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